Can you believe that it’s already 2015? I surely can’t. It’s difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that another year has come and gone. With it some goals that went unachieved and others that were halted.
I look around the blog community and see people posting their goals for the New Year. The other day I was asked what my goals were (other than having a health baby/birth) and I couldn’t think of much. Eric so eloquently reminded me we are having a baby and they soooo do not follow set rules or parameters. Normally, I would plan out races, get a training plan going, focus on art and writing, but everything seems to be up in the air.
It’s rather difficult to even plan for goals when I’m entering a whole new world of “what the eff am I getting myself into” with a baby.
I have no idea what will happen once our little girl arrives in March (hopefully). I don’t know how long it will take me to heal from the experience, when I’ll be cleared to work out/run again or if I’ll even have the time or energy to train for something. So many variables. Not excuses. Variables.
So for 2015, my big goal is to do what I can, and not sweat it if I don’t meet a big goal like a marathon (not that I’m planning on doing a full at the end of the year).
Creative Goals: Art/Writing
1. Get as much painting done as possible before our girl makes it into the world. So I have 10 weeks to get a fair amount of painting done. Easier said than done. I’m moving my studio to my garage and there is very little room for all the paintings I currently have. Anyone interested in my artwork?
2. Finish the damn stories/novels I have been circling. Get them published by end of the year. At least one of them.
Fitness/Health: Running etc
1. Stay active as much as possible before birth. Stay active as much as possible after giving birth, once I’m medically cleared and all. Start small.
2. Not compare my post baby runs/workouts to my pre pregnancy fitness level. My body will change, I may not be the same person afterwards and I have to let the old Sonia go and embrace the new me. And if that means starting over, so be it.
3. 10k. I want to run a 10k. And if I succeed in that, then set my sights on a 1/2 or two to close out the year. If, and only if, I have the time and energy to do it. Cuz, baby and all. I have a fall 1/2 in mind that could work, but again, it all depends how my body bounces back.
4. My number one priority is my health (mental/physical/emotional). I can’t be a good mother/wife/sister/daughter if I’m losing my marbles. Try not to feel guilty when I take some ‘me’ time.
5. Spend as much time as I can outdoors with baby girl. Hiking, walking, beach. I feel so much better being out in nature and want to pass that along to her.
1. Not to be afraid to ask for advice and not be afraid to try and see if it would work for us or not.
2. Spend more time with family. With the ill health of my father to end last year, it’s more important than ever for me to spend time with my family.
I think that’s it. I can’t really think of anything else that would be important to me. I’m not sure if many of those are goals, or just reminders for a balanced life, but I’ll try and get them done.
Do you have new goals for the new year? Any big races planned for 2015? I will live vicariously through you all so please indulge me with your goals. A friend of mine has 3 marathons planned for this year. I’m super ecstatic for her (slightly jealous) but can’t wait to follow along her training and watching her complete her goals.
Mother runners, question for you. How soon did you start running again after having a baby? I’m pretty sure I’ll ask this again when the time comes, but how the hell do you balance training and a newborn?